Gale’s Encyclopedia.com wins CODiE Award for Best Online General Reference Service

Farmington Hills, MI, June 5, 2009 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced that Encyclopedia.com (http://www.encyclopedia.com) was named the 2009 CODiE Award winner for Best Online General Reference Service. The Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 24th Annual CODiE Awards, the only peer-reviewed honor in the industry, celebrate achievement and vision in software, education technology and digital content.

Encyclopedia.com, a free online resource with more than 500,000 entries from over 200 different encyclopedias and dictionaries, provides authoritative answers that are verifiable against multiple sources. For example, the Encyclopedia.com page about Abraham Lincoln (http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Abraham_Lincoln.aspx) enables visitors to check their facts across multiple encyclopedias and also displays helpful links to images, videos, related reference material and recent newspaper and magazine articles.

With more and more web users seeking credible information, Encyclopedia.com, the largest provider of trusted, editorially verified content, has experienced a nearly 500 percent increase in traffic over the last two years.

“Gale is honored to receive this prestigious CODiE award recognizing Encyclopedia.com as a world-class product for reference content,” said Dave Guttman, General Manager, Senior Vice President of Open Web at Gale. “Our next step is to work with our many great library customers to provide Web users greater access to more content, and to support libraries in finding new ways to engage their customers.”

Encyclopedia.com joined Gale through the acquisition of HighBeam Research in 2008 and now provides value to both individual users and Gale’s core library partners. Encyclopedia.com will soon enable library patrons to access millions of reference articles from Gale Virtual Reference Library with their library cards.

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at linda.busse@cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and GaleCengage Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats.  For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.com

About HighBeam™ Research, Inc.HighBeam™ Research, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, operates three online services designed to meet the needs of information hungry individuals: the award-winning subscription-based HighBeam Library (www.highbeam.com) that enables individuals to access 50 million proprietary newspaper magazine and journal articles from 3,500 sources; Encyclopedia.com (www.encyclopedia.com), an award winning provider of credible reference content from multiple authoritative reference publishers; and Smart QandA http://qanda.encyclopedia.com, the online source for verified, trusted answers.